Jordan Love threw for 322 yards and found Romeo Doubs for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:33 left to give the Green Bay Packers a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Love went 27 for 40 and became the first Packer to throw for over 300 yards since Aaron Rodgers had a 341-yard day against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 12, 2021. Love’s other touchdown pass was an 11-for-11 yards to Christian Watson with 4 seconds left in the third quarter.
Los Angeles (4-6) lost another close game. Five of the Chargers’ six losses were decided by a combined 14 points.
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The Chargers also suffered a blow when star running back Joey Bosa was carted off the field with a foot injury on the first series of the game. Packers running back Aaron Jones was removed with a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.
Justin Herbert threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen on third-and-9 to give the Chargers a 20-16 lead with 5:24 left. The Packers (4-6) responded on their next drive, getting a boost when Los Angeles’ Asante Samuel Jr. was called for pass interference on an incomplete third-and-20 pass.
Love found Dontayvion Wicks for a 35-yard gain two plays later. Doubs made his touchdown catch two plays after that.
The Chargers had one last chance when they got the ball at their own 20-yard line with no timeouts and less than 1 1/2 minutes left. Kenny Clark knocked down a Herbert pass on fourth-and-1 from the Los Angeles 35-yard line to end the game.
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One play earlier, Quentin Johnson had his arms outstretched but couldn’t catch a pass deep in Green Bay territory.
Herbert was 21 of 36 for 260 yards with two touchdowns. He connected with Stone Smartt for a 51-yard score in the second quarter, less than three minutes after Green Bay’s Jayden Reed scored on a 32-yard run.
The Chargers began the day second in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage, but totaled six points on their first three trips inside the 10. Two of those possessions ended in short field goals and the third with a fumble lost by Austin Ekeler. .
The Chargers trailed 16-13 and had second-and-goal from the 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter when Ekeler took a handoff, fell, got up and fumbled. Clark forced the fumble that Rashan Gary recovered.
Along with injuries to Bosa and Jones, the Chargers lost LB Tanner Muse to a knee issue. … For the Packers, TE Josiah Deguara left with a hip issue, RB Emanuel Wilson was taken off the field with a shoulder injury and WR Dontayvion Wicks was evaluated for a concussion.
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Chargers: They will host Baltimore next Sunday night.
Packers: Visit Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.